Lai awards filmmakers with Tainan accolades
Tainan Mayor William Lai ( ) on Sunday, April 19 presented local filmmakers with recognition, prizes and accolades during the awards ceremony of the 2015 Tainan 39-hour Short Film Contestival (2015 39 ).
This year marks the fourth year the annual film festival has been held, with Lai an avid supporter since the first one in 2012.
In his opening speech, Lai said that he is very happy for the continuation of the film festival. According to the mayor, the festival’s genesis was the idea of featuring the “uniqueness” of Tainan.
Lai went on to say that it is thanks to the contributions of local film professors like Liao Penjung ( ), the efforts of the event’s creators Dayeh University ( ) assistant professor Till Dietsche and his partner, Malaysian filmmaker Lynne Tai ( ), and the help of individuals such as Berlin International Short Film Festival CEO Heinz Hermanns and the director of the Goethe Institute in Taipei Dr. Clemens Treter that such a vision was able to come to fruition.
“We hope to fully utilize and incorporate the unique elements of Tainan (into the films),” Lai said in his opening speech, “so that Tainan can not only become a capital of culture, but also a creative city that features artistic civil advancement. We also hope that the creative minds of young people today achieve their dreams in this city.”
In his bilingual speech delivered in both Mandarin Chinese and English, Treter said that after 50 years in Taiwan, the Goethe Institute is proud to become a new partner and sponsor of the “meaningful” film contest. Treter went on to say that he loved what he saw during the screening of the films, and the institute will continue to support the film festival in
Local N&M Studio to Represent
Taiwan in Berlin
After 39 hours of nonstop filming and post production, the judges of the contest crowned local filmmaking team N&M Studio’s film “D-Day” (
) as the winner of this year’s contest. Lai personally awarded the team with the Tainan Gold Award, which consists of a cash price to the sum of NT$30,000, two plane tickets to Berlin and a guaranteed screening of the film at the 31st Berlin International Short Film Festival in November.
Prior to receiving the biggest award of the evening from the Tainan mayor, N&M Studio first garnered enough support from event viewers to take home the Audience Choice Award from the Tainan City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau Director Yeh Tse-shan ( ), making the team the biggest winner in the entire contestival.
During the N&M Studio’s
ac- ceptance speech, the team’s leader and director Chiu Heng-wei (
) said that he has been a part of the Tainan 39 Hours competition since the beginning, and the festival is the reason why he has decided to follow his dream of becoming a director.
Other winners included MEIMEIWAWA Multimedia (
) led by Esther Veronin who won the award for best cinematography for their film “She Wore Red” ( ), while Laughter Studio took home best script for their film. “Call Me Hero” ( ). The award for best editing went to team Jiu Hou Luan’s ( ) “Save Me” ( ), with Light Visuals’ ( ) “Vicious Circle” ( ) and Ah Cheng & Ah Zheng’s ( ) “A Man From Kun Shen” ( ) taking home best sound and the special jury award respectively.
Tainan Mayor William Lai ( ), center, and Tainan City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau Director Yeh Tse-shan ( ), far right, pose with winners, event organizers and judges of the 2015 Tainan 39-hour Short Film Contestival on Sunday April 19. This year is the fourth in which the annual film festival has been held, with Lai an avid supporter since it was first created in 2012.